Sapphire glass or mineral glass: The great test of strength.

The choice of a new wristwatch as a new faithful companion in everyday life today presents us with an unlimited variety of products. Whether colours, shapes, features, design or size – timepieces are available in a wide variety of finishes and designs. The first glance at the selection of a new timepiece immediately leads to the dial and hands. The dial, on the other hand, conceals the filigree technology of your watch. The heart of your watch is the movement that gives your watch its reliable functions. By the way, HENRI BENETT movements come from the traditional Swiss company Ronda. We also work closely with the movement manufacturer Miyota. The Japanese movements enjoy an extraordinary reputation among experts and are rated as equivalent to conventional Swiss productions. These sensitive technical components naturally require special protection. For this reason, the quality of the glass plays a major role and should not be disregarded when choosing your timepiece. In addition, the quality of the glass is a key indicator for assessing the quality of your new favorite watch. Essentially, two types of glass have established themselves in watchmaking. The big question is therefore always: sapphire glass or mineral glass?

While in the past it was not particularly break-resistant window glass that was used, the switch to acrylic and plastic glass was not long in coming. A major disadvantage here was the susceptibility to scratches in the glass. The main advantages worth mentioning, on the other hand, are, of course, low-cost production and a light and robust raw material. Later, however, mineral glass made a name for itself as a regularly used material for watch production. Mineral glasses are harder than plastic glasses and offer better hardness and scratch resistance in a refined version. Scratches, on the other hand, can happen and are difficult to polish on mineral glass. The glass can also break – therefore we recommend you to check if it is hardened mineral glass, because by a chemical hardening of the surface the product can be made at least more resistant against shocks. If you want to be on the safe side, and don’t want to miss the top watch glass in your timepiece, you should have a look at watches with sapphire crystal. Sapphire glass is not actually glass but synthetically produced sapphire. The glass offers a particularly high scratch resistance and is considered more resistant than all other raw materials mentioned, because only diamonds are harder than sapphire and here we compare the glass with the hardest material in the world. Sounds like promising protection. A tip from us for your watch, it should be equipped with a high-quality sapphire crystal like every HENRI BENETT timepiece. The resistance of the glass can cause soft materials to leave small traces on the glass due to friction. Wrongly, these marks are sometimes perceived as scratches. The easy processing with an eraser allows an uncomplicated removal. It couldn’t be easier.